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Grading Rams running back Todd Gurley’s play through first two games

Todd Gurley, Rams

Todd Gurley went through a lot of drama from a media perspective this offseason after missing time last year due to a knee injury that he suffered in the first game of the season. There were a lot of questions surrounding the Los Angeles Rams’ superstar running back coming into this season, but he has played a big role in the first two games of the year.

Granted, that doesn’t mean that he’s back to 100 percent health, and he may never be, but there are reasons to believe that he will be just fine moving forward.

In two games this season, Gurley has carried the football 30 times for 160 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers average out to an impressive 5.3 yards per carry. Gurley has only caught four passes for eight yards.

Obviously, those are not the kind of numbers that fans and especially Fantasy Football players have become used to seeing from Gurley. In the past, he may have put up bigger numbers than those in just one game. Unfortunately, his high usage days are likely behind him at this point.

Gurley has been playing the same role in each of the two games, with the Rams also leaning on Malcolm Brown to shoulder some of the workload.

Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the season for Gurley has been his lack of a receiving role. Last season, Gurley caught 59 passes for 580 yards and four touchdowns. The year before, he caught 64 passes for 788 yards and six touchdowns.

Sean McVay is doing his best to reduce the workload on Gurley to preserve the longevity of his career. Los Angeles made it clear coming into the season that they planned to handle him more carefully than they have in years past. There is no reason for any kind of concern or panic about him.

All of that being said, it’s time to grade the first two games for Gurley. Due to the high expectations from some and the concern from others, it’s a bit difficult to come up with a letter grade. He has been solid for the Rams, but not the all-around superstar that he was since coming into the league in 2015 when the team was still in St. Louis.

Expect to see Gurley’s role remain similar the rest of the season, but for now, it’s time to grade what he has done thus far.

Todd Gurley’s Grade Through Two Games: B